Bryon Powell over at IRunFar.com asks a good question today: If money was not an issue, what would be your dream adventure/quest? The question comes from Kilian Jornet's Kilian's Quest odyssey. Kilian's latest accomplishment was the fastest known ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. As I thought about this question I couldn't really think of a huge quest. But something did pop into my mind.
About ten years ago I went on a backpacking trip with my friend Ken. I was about 35 pounds heavier then but I thought I was in decent shape. Ken and I decided to hike the West Rim Trail in what is known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The trail is a point to point trail that is slightly under 50k in length. It took Ken and I about two and a half days to cover the distance. By the time we reached the north terminus (we started at the south terminus) we were moving like old men and Ken had thrown his back out. On the initial climb I almost passed out...so much for being in shape, ha.
Aside from that experience the trail itself is beautiful and offers some spectacular views of the canyon and Pine Creek below. I would love to get back to the WRT and run it this time. This would be most likely be a self supported run. When Ken and I hiked in the late spring water was scarce. There is an access point around midway on the trail, but that is it.
I wouldn't say I have unfinished business with this trail, but I would like to redeem myself from the first experience. I have a preliminary plan in mind and I think a 2011 run at it may be in order. If anyone wants to come along for a nice training run just let me know, feel free to leave leave a comment below.
Here's a picture of the PA Grand Canyon.
To God be the glory!